ANZAC Centenary Stone - Ben Dearnley

ANZAC Centenary Stone by Ben Dearnley

To commemorate the ANZAC Centenary, 2015 Artist in Residence international sculptor Ben Dearnley sculptured a 1.2 tonne block of local sandstone in the grove outside the Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre.

Ben invited the people of Muswellbrook to participate in the public art project, guiding participants to make their mark in the main body of the stone. Marks made by participants include the initials of family members who served, along with ANZAC inspired symbols - a poppy, a service medal, a letter home to a mother, to mention just a few.

Above these marks Ben carved a replica of a helmet worn by servicemen of the Australian Imperial Forces from the First World War. This iconic shape is placed in the stone as if left there by a passing soldier. This work brings together the present community and stands as a powerful reminder of the ANZAC forces’ commitment to our country over the past century.

ANZAC Centenary Stone was officially unveiled on Sunday 19 July 2015.